Four Seasons Hotel New Orleans is thrilled to celebrate the city’s finest up-and-coming talent at the Crescendo! Dinner, an immersive five-course tasting and listening experience inspired by the past, present and future flavors of Louisiana on June 21, 2023. At his culinary homage to the state, Miss River, beloved New Orleans chef and two-time James Beard Award winner Alon Shaya will honor the cuisine of his adoptive home state with an ambitious five-course menu that reinterprets culinary classics, while the youthful contingent of performers from legendary French Quarter music venue Preservation Hall will create musical pairings for this entirely original sensory experience. The exclusive, first-of-its-kind event will be guided by Greg Bresnitz, author and host of the Crescendo! podcast.
“New Orleans is a magnet for creatives across all mediums, constantly reinventing itself by attracting the freshest young chefs, artists, musicians and performers to its endless well of inspiration,” says Mali Carow, General Manager for Four Seasons Hotel New Orleans. “Louisiana has always been world renowned for its music and its food, but it is now more deserving of that acclaim than ever before. At Miss River’s Crescendo! Dinner, we look forward to celebrating the immense budding talent that is breathing new life into these treasured parts of our culture and identity.”
At the Crescendo! Dinner, five dishes will be prepared in harmony with live musical expressions, reflecting the breadth of life in Louisiana and making the old new again. In New Orleans, a younger generation has emerged on the stage and in the kitchen, ushering in a new era of creativity in the Crescent City. As courses are served, a hand-selected band comprised of Preservation Hall’s finest young artists will begin to play, pairing each bite from cutting-edge chef Alon Shaya with the opening notes of a song. Preservation Hall bandmembers include trumpeter Branden Lewis, who performs regularly in Chandelier Bar, pianist Grayson Brockamp, saxophonist Stephen Gladney, and guitarist Josh Starkman. The Crescendo! Dinner will permeate the senses with what makes Louisiana so unique, leaving diners with the knowledge that this great melting pot is much more than one note.
The Crescendo! Dinner menu will build with each course and song, much like a musical score, keeping the audience engaged. The evening begins with an opening act of deviled quail eggs with duck cracklin’ and cornmeal hotcakes with Louisiana caviar. The courses progress with a pirogue of slow-roasted rabbit in green coconut curry followed by a corn and crab bisque marrying together the traditions of the Cajun countryside with the Creole city. The menu crescendos with a main course of cochon de lait served over risotto “dirtied” with truffle pâté and savory sausage. Dessert completes the score with blueberry sorbet and a peach cake. All courses are paired with well-balanced cocktails and enviable vintages. For the full five-course menu and beverage pairings, visit www.missrivernola.com/event/crescendo.
Tickets to the Crescendo! Dinner are available for $250 per person inclusive of tax and gratuity. Reservations are available via OpenTable and by calling the restaurant at 504-434-5701.
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